In his new photobook, the Belgian artist questions the nature of fatherhood via the fossils, ravens and corpses of rural Canberra
Massao Mascaro’s Sub Sole is ambitious in its far-reaching subject matter, weaving together narratives around “European culture, mythologies, southern Europe, and migration”
In The Land of Promises, Lefèvre revisits her own history, and the histories of others whose lives were implicated by China’s one-child policy
In 2013, a proposal to initiate Europe’s largest gold and silver mining project in Roșia…
“To date, hardly any research has been conducted into Belgian photobooks,” opens the exhibition Photobook Belge, now on show at FOMU and published as a book by FOMU in partnership with Hannibal. “Photobook Belge provides an overview of the evolution of the Belgian photobook from the mid-19th century to today.”
Including nearly 250 publications, Photobook Belge is divided into eight chapters, looking at areas such as Artists’ Books, Belgian national identity, and the relationship between text and images. Belgium’s brutal colonisation of the Congo, its subsequent relationship with the country, and its often problematic representation of it in images, is given a whole chapter. “Many of the photobooks published since the 50th anniversary of [Congo’s] independence in 2010 oscillate between a more or less overt nostalgia, Afro-pessimism and an aesthetic of ruins,” states the curator Tamara Berghmans. “Most are still the result of a white, male gaze.”
NOOR, the prestigious photo agency and foundation, has signed up three new nominees – Sanne de Wilde, Arko Datto and Leonard Pongo. Hailing from Belgium, India and Belgium/DR Congo respectively, all three are known for their cutting-edge work, rooted in documentary but pushing the aesthetic boundaries of image-making.
Even before the Brussels attacks, the poor, nondescript, seemingly innocuous Brussels district of Molenbeek had become world famous as a hotbed for Islamic State-inspired terrorism. Local photographer Hadrien Duré set out to show the normal people that still call Molenbeek their home.
“There is no story. It’s just a question of shapes and light,” Harry Gruyaert says. The storied…
Belgian photographer Sanne de Wilde focuses on people on the visual outskirts of society. Her Snow…